The Sacramento Bee gives citizens suggestions-

The Bee’s recent expose investigation of the activities of USDA-Wildlife Services predator control was read by many. Outrage is high and now more information is in the hands of the public. Earlier we covered efforts by two members of the House, bipartisan, to get a congressional investigation started.  We were short on suggestions, but now in an editorial, the Bee also has suggestions for the Obama Administration and the California state legislature on how to take action.

Recently, A person who knows Wildlife Services well told of his visit with a high WS Washington official. This “chat” told him that maybe the head or lead officials in the agency were not all that aware about the local arrangements the Service makes with non-federal politicians and private interest groups.  If this is true, an investigation by Congress or an internal one  by the Administration might do a lot of good.

Editorial: Put pressure on Wildlife Services. Sacremento Bee.


About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to More on investigating Wildlife Services’ activities

  1. avatar Barb Rupers says:

    Thanks, Sacramento Bee. Let’s hope our congressional members listen and cause some changes in the direction and activities of Wildlife Services. Speak up.

  2. avatar Richard Eissinger says:

    Note the recent related article in the Salt Lake Tribune: Wharton: Nevada rancher upset with Utah coyote bounty hunters.
    Eastern Nevada rancher Don Adair is not happy with Utah hunters he says travel across the state line to kill coyotes and then return to the Beehive State to claim what has been a $20 bounty that will soon increase to $50.


May 2012


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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